The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

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The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

What would life be like in Britain if the Germans had won the Second World War?

Set in a contemporary Nazi England, The Big Lie* gives an insight into life under German rule from the point of view of Jessika Keller, a teenage girl.

Jessika is a good girl, just like any other, in a country where doing what you are told is the key to survival. She doesn’t question things because she sees no reason to. When Clementine arrives things begin to change.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Why did people ask “What is it about?” as if a novel had to be about only one thing.”

That is the perfect quote for talking about Americanah. This is not a book about only one thing. It is a book about race, love (both for yourself and romantic love), interracial relationships, leaving home to make a life for yourself in a new country, acceptance and hair.

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

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The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Simon Watson is a young librarian, who lives alone in his family home on the Long Island Sound. The house is slowly crumbling into the sea and Simon is on the verge of losing his job due to budget cuts.

His parents are dead; his mother drowned in the water overlooked by his house and his father essentially gave up on life due to grief. Simon raised his sister, Enola, until she took off to join a travelling carnival.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Hayley and Charlotte, from Water Painted Dreams and Colours and Carousels respectively, have set up The Sassy Books Book Club and since the book they chose for the first month, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, was already on my to read list I figured I would join in.

I’ll Give You the Sun tells the story of twins Noah and Jude who are incredibly close until jealousy and tragedy tear them apart.

The chapters alternate between 13 year-old Noah’s perspective and 16 year-old Jude’s. Part coming of age story; part family drama, with a side of the weird and fantastical.

Not Lost by Sarah Maria Griffin

Not Lost by Sarah Maria Griffin

I first came across Sarah Maria Griffin’s writing online. I read and enjoyed some of her essays and articles, including her food column for The Coven, so when I discovered she had written a book about her first year living in the US I couldn’t wait to read it.

“Memoir is not what this thing is. It is just a true story. Except for the parts that are enormous staggering lies…”

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

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Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

Daniel and Laura are travelling Europe, on their trip of a lifetime, one last adventure before they settle down and prepare to have children.

Their travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a train in the middle of nowhere, in Romania, after having their tickets and passports stolen.

They need to get home, but to do that they must get to the nearest town. This takes them along the train tracks through a forest, a journey that changes their lives forever.